Winter Wedding at Fetcham Park

Winter Wedding at Fetcham Park

During a beautiful crisp but sunny Winter’s Day on the 26th November 2016, my partner and I made our vows to one another at the alter at the beautiful St John the Baptist Church in Worcester Park, and then celebrated at the stunning  Grade II* listed Fetcham Park House.

Wedding preparation during run up to our big day was intense, we organised our wedding in three months! Of course the nerves were bubbling up in anticipation in the weeks before, however all of our hard work was so worth it. It was incredible seeing all of the creative ideas spring to life and made our day so magical.

The Morning

On the morning of the wedding I was in a world of my own, and felt especially calm and warm inside knowing that within a few hours I would be reunited with my Jonathan at the alter.

After a rested nights sleep my father picked me up to get ready, it was lovely being surrounded by my beautiful bridesmaids, parents and a supportive wedding team!

Despite the hustle and bustle going on during wedding preparation I drifted off mentally and completely relaxed. I enjoyed every moment of being pampered by my talented makeup artist from the Charlotte Tilbury team, and having my hair curled and styled.

My bridesmaids and I wore some beautiful dressing gowns from Verry Kerry. My bridal dressing gown was the unique Orchard Blossom Dressing Gown and my bridesmaids wore The Santorini short dressing gown in blue.

Makeup & Hair

Hair and makeup is so important on your wedding day, and requires time and thought. I opted for a boho curled half up half down look for myself, and a looser curled look for my bridesmaids. I wore a pretty headdress from Jenny Packham for some shimmery sparkle. The talented Sharon Roberts was so knowledgable when it came to bridal hair.

For makeup I choose a Vintage look and worked with a talented makeup artist from the Charlotte Tilbury team, we used a variety of products to create a bespoke look to suit my personal style using warm tones, a wine lip, and long individual eyelashes.

The looks worked together so beautifully, it helps so much working with beauty specialists, it’s so nice to sit back and relax on the morning of your big day also getting ready together.

Off to Church

Shortly after having our stunning bouquets delivered my bridesmaids and mother left for the church. We left in style in some gorgeous vintage cars, my bridesmaids enjoyed a stunning Vintage Delaunay Belleville.

My father and I shared a stunning Badsworth Landaulette, he kept me calm and relaxed on the way to the church! I had my own camera with me and took a father daughter selfie in the car, it just had to be done!

Arriving at the church was an exciting moment and being greeted by our friendly vicar. We took a few moments to collect ourselves and then the moment arrived, walking up the isle! 

My stomach was full of excitable butterflies waiting to go into the church, happily the calmness still remained regardless. My entry song was The Piano Guys version of A Thousand Years.

It was so lovely to see family and friends greeting you with welcoming smiles, wonderful to have those you love underneath roof. The church ceremony was beautiful from start to finish, the vicar’s sense of humour and wonderful sense of calmness was wonderful for Jonathan and I, and also the congregation too.

Our Bible readings were 1 Corinthians 13 and Colossians 3.12. Our hymns were How Great Thou Art and Love Devine. For the signing of the registrars we had Claire De Lune by Debussy and Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Our exit song was an instrumental interpretation of Joyful Joyful by Ludwig Van Beethoven played by the church organist.

This is so true when it comes to love:

‘It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres’ – taken from 1 Corinthians 13

&

‘Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony’ Colossians 3.12

The church service was beautiful from start to finish and enjoyed every single moment. Standing face to face saying our vows to one another, and exchanging our rings was a moment to cherish forever.

We chose bespoke rings to suit our personalities by expert jewellery Henry Pruwer who created a dainty 18 carat gold ring with dainty diamonds surrounding. Jonathan opted for a slim matte textured chrome Palladium ring, subtle and unique.  

Confetti was thrown, and the cars were there to greet us with a glass of champagne! It was lovely to have some moments alone together in the car soaking in the vows we had just made to one another, then it was off to Fetcham park!



We were greeted by the lovely owner Laura who greeted us with such warmth, she was so supportive from start to finish! It was so wonderful coming into the house and enjoyed a Warm Winter Warmer which was created using Grand Marnier, Cointreau, Pimms, Apple Juice and Winter Spices. We then enjoyed a lovely Laurent-Perrier Bruit champagne reception along with some delicious hand-picked canapes:

White crab meat, samphire & lime aioli en croustade

Walnut shortbread topped with creamy goats cheese, butternut squash, pine nuts & honey drizzle


Smoked salmon blinis topped with horseradish crème fraiche

Honey & ginger marinated duck breast served on fondant potato with plum sauce & spring onion

After taking some group photographs outside we were announced into beautiful Salon room as Mr & Mrs for dinner! It was so lovely to see the beautiful theme of gold and aubergine spring to life. Our beautiful flowers were created by florist Fabienne Egger.

Our wedding caterer was At Home catering who are so incredibly talented at what they do, their food is incredible moorish! We created a bespoke menu together and the final result was mouthwateringly delicious.

Freshly baked bread rolls & butter


Amuse Bouche

Butternut squash soup shot with chive sour cream en croute

Gin & tonic cured salmon
Pickled lemons, soda breadcrumbs & dill mayonnaise

Roasted breast of herb crusted chicken Dauphinoise potatoes, chantenay carrots, mixed winter greens & wild mushroom cream sauce

Rich Chocolate Délice
Vanilla bean macaron, honey & ginger ice cream, mango tuille & mango coulis


Tea & Coffee & Petit Fours

The food was presented beautifully and was truly out of this world. The floral creative decoration was beautiful, each table had golden bowled centre pieces with an explosion of golden twigs surrounded by seasonal aubergine, cream, pink flowers such as roses, hydrangeas, wax flowers, berries, and Cymbidium orchids with surrounding delicate foliage. Each centre piece was styled with golden glass tea lights for a touch of added sparkle.

The bouquets were based on the theme of aubergine, cream with a hint of gold including roses, wax flowers, chocolate cosmos with golden foliage on their stems bound with a long golden satin ribbon with pearl ended pins. I wanted to go for a mixture of opulent and rustic.

The colours worked in harmony with the exquisite salon room.

After dinner and speeches we headed to cut our delicious cake made by Jeannette’s Great Cakes, we worked together to create a golden wedding cake with hand-made sugar flowers, and golden leaves. A burgundy ribbon was added to match the bridesmaids gowns. Two tiers included vanilla sponge, jam and buttercream, one included carrot cake with orange buttercream, delicious!

Soon after our reception started and it was shortly time for our first dance, we chose Michael Buble’s ‘Close Your Eyes’ which was a beautiful song to dance too. We got lost in one another on the dance floor, it really was truly a magical moment.

Our evening reception was a wonderful one, it was so lovely to see people enjoying themselves. After yet another delicious foodie feast of mini cheeseburgers, cake, and canapes, it was time for our guests to enjoy themselves on the dance-floor.

Our wedding DJ was the talented Matt Maurice who really got people going on the dance-floor, I went for a mix of Classic Rock, Funk and Blues. Some favourites ‘The Sultans of Swing’ by Dire Straits, ‘Superstition’ by Stevie Wonder, and ‘Get Down on It’ by Kool and The Gang. I love a Rock n’Roll vibe!

Our wedding at St John The Baptist and Fetcham Park truly was a magical experience and a day to remember, I’m so thankful for photographer Paul Rogers for capturing so many wonderful moments and the entire team who made our wedding day go so smoothly.

Our talented videographer Rupa Photography created a wonderful wedding video for us, memories to cherish forever. Below is a sneak preview which I hope you enjoy!

Words from Laura Caudrey owner of Fetcham Park:

Hosting any wedding is always wonderful but Winter weddings have an extra special place in my heart given that I launched the house as a wedding venue following my own Fetcham Park wedding in December 2010.

There’s just something so romantic about that time of year; the cold forces everyone inside and the house creates a special kind of warmth that welcomes you in and invites you to have fun.  Fetcham Park is never lovelier than when filled with people; great houses like this were built for entertaining and it’s why we love sharing it with people.  Add in the happiness and love that a wedding day provides and there really is nowhere else I’d rather be!

Whilst Fetcham Park is beautiful year-round, there’s something so enchanting about the house as the light fades and candlelight provides a magical glow.  Laura knew exactly how she wanted the house to look and feel and together with Fabienne Eggar, it’s never looked more beautifully festive.

Laura had considered each and every detail of the day and whilst I always caution brides not to obsess too much over the detail – after all, a wedding day is about a marriage, not just Pinterest pretty! – everything that’d shed organised was thoughtful, elegant and beautifully in keeping with the décor of the house itself.  I love it when couples fall in love with the house and incorporate it into their styling; seeing it all come together is always a joy, especially when you’ve seen a couple’s ideas evolve over the months of planning.

Laura worked with an amazing team of Laura Loves suppliers and, as ever, I was amazed by the work that each and every person put into making the day everything Laura & Jon dreamed of.  My hope is that we exceed expectations both for a couple, and their guests, and leave them with magical memories of a day never to be forgotten. 

– Laura Caudery 

Fetcham Park truly was a magical place to celebrate our marriage and enjoyed every moment with family and friends. Thank you to all of the support of the wedding team who were truly supportive and helped bring creative ideas to life.

The Dress & outfits

Choosing a wedding dress was a wonderful experience, I’ve aways been somebody who has believed I would find the dress upon first visit, this is exactly what happened!

I wore the 2017 Hilda detailed beaded dress by Jenny Packham which was in a beautiful ivory colour. Proud to say that I was the first bride to wear this dress, something which the team at the bridal store were very excited about.

The team were so helpful in helping me get the dress of my dreams, as usually it would be a six month wait for new season. Thankfully they managed to call in the dress and then I had it tailored by their talented seamstress to fit my size.

Going to the bridal store was a wonderful experience, their attention to detail ensuring the dress fitted perfectly, and giving me tips on how to walk was ever so helpful. Always look up, walk with a straight back, and don’t worry about the train (mine was fairly short so it wasn’t a problem).

My dainty sparkly head-dress was also from Jenny Packham

Bridal shoes are so important, even if they’re not seen all the time the comfort factor is so important as you’re on your feet all day. I chose an elegant pair from Jimmy Choo. I wore the stunning Ivette champagne glitter strappy sandals which truly were the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned!

My bridesmaids were in Burgundy full length dresses also from Jenny Packham, they all looked so beautiful and the colour really blended in nicely with the opulent theme.

My handsome groom Jonathan wore a stunning Hugo Boss suit which was tailored to perfection, and a stunning lightly detailed paisley waistcoat from Neal and Palmer London. The groomsmen reflected his look and meshed in so wonderfully.

Wedding Tips

1/ Although a wedding day can be stressful, please ensure to relax and have a supportive team around you. Enjoy the creative wedding preparations from start to finish from cake tastings, floral ideas, decor, and the menu! Do some DIY aspects also, I created our little wooden wedding favours the day before and I was glad to see people pinning them to their outfits!

2/ Work with an experienced and professional photographer and videographer. Working with Paul as a photographer and Rupa’s videography team was a pleasure, they captured imagery and footage very often without you knowing. Of course I love creative portraits, so do request this with your photographer, it’s also a great time to have some alone time with your partner.

3/ Alone time! Although your wedding day is important to celebrate with family and friends, be sure to take various moments alone together to soak in moments of romance and to calm one another if nerves happen to arise at any moment, it helps so much.

4/ Having a talented makeup artist and hairdresser really helped me so much on the morning of our wedding day. It was lovely not to have to worry about doing it myself, have trails first to ensure you get the correct look first. It’s very relaxing being pampered that’s for sure.

5/ Enjoy ever single moment, you’ll find your wedding day will go exceedingly quickly as you’ll both be enjoying yourselves so much! Soak every moment in from start to finish, and enjoy the magical warm bubbly feeling that will last with you throughout the day!


Thanks so much for reading my post, I really enjoyed sharing our special day with you all on SheHearts. What do you think of the look of Fetcham Park House judging from the photographs and the overall theme?

Do let me know which aspects you enjoyed the most, I would really love to hear your thoughts!

With love,

Laura xo

  • Congratulations! You looked lovely and you have so many great photos to treasure! 🙂 xx

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  • Congratulation for the wedding, I’m so happy for you!!
    You look so beautiful and the wedding place, preparation etc is just perfect ♥
    Thank you for sharing it and the tips as well!

    http://www.arindapuspitasari.com

  • Your wedding was an absolute dream! Everything was so gorgeous! You both make such a beautiful couple and I pray you have a lifetime of blessings and joy together:) xoxo

  • Such a beautiful setting! You looked absolutely stunning!

    I wish you guys all the happiness in the world!

    Kisses,
    BLOG | TAISLANY

    • Thanks Taislany. Our wedding day really was truly magical, and it was great re-living memories whilst sharing this post with you all, and looking at photographs from our special day.

      Thank you kindly for your well wishes.

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Wow!!! You did make a beautiful bride, the makeup, the gown and the jimmy choo heels were sport on. I really loved the decorations. I wish you all the very best in your new and beautiful chapter.
    http://www.fashionstylemogul.com

    • Thank you so much Meron, it was wonderful working with a Charlotte Tilbury makeup artist, she was incredibly talented that’s for sure. The Jenny Packham Hilda dress was a dream to wear and the Jimmy Choo heels were not only beautiful but SO comfortable 🙂 A MUST have for any bride.

      Thank you, it was amazing seeing creative ideas come together that’s for sure!

      Really happy you enjoyed the feature!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • You looked utterly fabulous! I’m glad you had such a wonderful day of celebrations with your now husband. I wish you all the luck moving forward in your new life together xx I kinda wish I could redo our wedding way and relax a lot more and not spend most of my time pleasing guest and more time with my new husband.

    Honestly Aine

    • Thank you Aine! Our wedding day was truly magical and loved every moment of our day.
      Cherish the memories you have from your wedding day, it’s often hard to get everything right but remember the fond memories 🙂

      Lots of love,

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Oh Laura, you look beautiful and your wedding looked like a dream! Such beautiful photos and loved the colour scheme! Thanks for sharing this with us – and I genuinely hope you have a beautiful marriage in many years to come! xxx

    • Thank you ever so much, I’m so glad you loved the photographs! It was great working with such a talented photographer.

      Thanks so much for your well wishes that really means so much!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Oh wow, how beautiful everything looks! I looove the venue, it has so much history and beauty! You looked absolutely wonderful, the dress is stunning!

    http://thewonderfashion.blogspot.com

    • Thanks so much Lola! I’m really ever so glad you enjoyed the review. You’re right, Fetcham Park House really does have so much history that’s for sure.

      Thanks kindly, I’m so glad you like the Jenny Packham dress 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • What a spectacular and very special day for you, Laura, and I am pleased that you chose to share it with us here on your beautiful space. The details are charming and the colours work well together. I’m also loving the menu, all sounds delicious and perfect to me! You look stunning as well! All the best! /Madison xx
    FASHION TALES

    • I’m really glad that you enjoyed the wedding feature and theme, it was so lovely to see all the ideas coming together, and great working with a wonderful team 🙂

      Thank you for your kind compliments, really kind of you!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • very nice pics!!!kiss

  • Congratulations darling!! You look so so beautiful and the these photos are stunning! Literally can’t stop looking at them! xxx

  • Gorgeous wedding! You look beautiful.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • What an amazing day! You looked gorgeous, lady! Congrats!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Congratulations! I wish you the best and you are beautiful like a princess in this picture
    PHARRELL WILLIAMS: CONFESSIONS OF A GREEN-FASHION STAR

  • Yiotou_La

    Your dress is a dream!!!! I am getting married in 2018 and I haven’t done anything yet, only booked the venue. Congratulations and I wish you all the happiness in the world!!! I am off to find this dress now from the Jenny Packham website! It’s gorgeous! x

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

    • Thanks Yoita! I’m so glad you liked the dress, wearing a Jenny Packham dress was such an honour, really was ever so beautiful to wear!

      Really glad you enjoyed the wedding feature 🙂 It really was such a magical day!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Oh my goodness… you made such a gorgeous bride! Your wedding looked magical and your dress was stunning!

    xo, Jennifer
    http://www.publicistinpearls.com

    • Thanks so much Jennifer that means so much! It was wonderful wearing a Jenny Packham dress and was an honour to wear the 2017 Hilda, it was truly beautiful.

      Our wedding day was incredibly special and loved ever moment!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Nina

    Congratulation! You look stunning in this wedding dress and everything is so beautiful.
    Nina
    Nina’s Style Blog

    • Thank you ever so much Nina! Really glad you enjoyed the post and that you loved the dress. It was an honour wearing a Jenny Packham dress 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Kate

    Congratulations! What an absolutely beautiful wedding. You look gorgeous. x

    Kate Louise Blogs / Wonderbra Giveaway

  • Wow! Congratulations! What an insanely stunning wedding! I love all the details! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Thank you so much Cielo! That means so much 🙂 Thanks kindly for your congratulations, very much appreciated!

      So happy you enjoyed the feature!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Congratulations!! You look absolutely stunning & every detail was exquisite! xx

    Beautylymin

  • Dang this is gorgeous!! I LOVE the idea of winter weddings, and I want one myself. Thinking the beginning of December or mid January. I just love the colour schemes here, they are so pretty! Great photos too. 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Thanks Emily, it truly was magical having a Winter Wedding and I do recommend it that’s for sure, if you need any tips please don’t hesitate to ask! There’s such a magical feeling surrounding one that’s for sure.

      Really so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Rebel

    So many beautiful pictures, you look stunning! Wish you a life time of happiness <3

    TheNormcoreRebel

  • Congratulations, Laura and gosh, you both make such a stunning couple! Thank you for sharing your special day with us, what a beautiful celebration!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Thanks so much Shireen! It was great writing about our Winter Wedding and sharing our special day with you all.

      It really was a beautiful celebration and enjoyed every moment.

      Glad you enjoyed the feature.

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Isabel Robertson

    Congratulations! These are such stunning wedding pictures!

    Bella x
    https://bellasfashionjournal.com

  • Oh Laura what a beautiful post, I loved every single photo and loved reading about your special day. You look absolutely stunning and everything including the location and dress is just perfect! I wish you both all the best for the future. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Thank you so much Gemma! I’m really glad that you enjoyed the photographs, it was great working with such a talented photographer!

      Glad that you like the dress, great wearing a Jenny Packham 2017, really was so lovely to wear!

      Thanks so much for your well wishes,

      Laura x
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • I can’t get over how gorgeous your wedding pictures are!! Your venue is so beautiful and I love love love your wedding dress!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

    • Thank you so much Courtney! I’m so glad you like the photographs 🙂 Fetcham Park House really is a beautiful venue that’s for sure 🙂

      Thanks so much! Jenny Packham is such a talented designer and the dress was such a pleasure to wear!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Oh Laura, every single moment of your wedding day looks to have been very, very special 🙂 I’m beyond disappointed to have missed your special day and will forever be cursing my immune system! You look absolutely beautiful and I adore your choice of Jimmy Choo heels. The colour scheme throughout is flawless and you couldn’t have chosen a more romantic venue – beautiful! I’m so glad you’ve shared your wedding on your blog, and brilliant choice of photographer – the photographs are stunning.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Thank you so much Gabrielle! Our Wedding Day really was one to remember, it was such a lovely day and one to cherish!

      Thank you so much, the Jimmy Choo heels were so comfortable and my feet didn’t really ache at all which was such a plus! It’s so important to choose comfortable wedding shoes that’s for sure!

      I know you really were missed, but we’ll catch up soon!

      Thank you, Fetcham Park House is so beautiful and it really was love at first sight when we first saw the house.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • What a stunning couple you make, I was so sad to miss this but looks like you had an amazing time! I love the purple accents with the flowers and of course your gorgeous dress and that venue!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Thank you so much Suze! It was a wonderful day and really enjoyed the entire process!

      Really glad you like the dress and venue, it truly was such a special day!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • OMG! Laura, this has got to be one of the most beautiful wedding ceremonies I’ve seen! You look absolutely gorgeous and the whole vibe and theme has a very strong royal aesthetic, which I adore! All I can honestly say is WOW! You did a marvelous job executing your vision. Thanks so much for sharing your special day with us and cheers to a lifetime of continual love, friendship, health, and prosperity.

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • Thank you so much Jalisa! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the wedding feature, I really enjoyed sharing our special day with all of you 🙂

      I’m glad you loved the theme, it was so amazing seeing all the creative ideas come to life, I went for that opulent and rustic feel.

      Thanks so much for the congratulations and well wishes, sending you lots of love and a huge congratulations to you too! I’m so happy for you 🙂

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Wow beautiful wedding and gorgeous location! Congratulations!

  • You looked so beautiful! And these photos are just resplendent. Thanks for sharing with us. I’m actually amazed at what you pulled off in three months. Everything looks so immaculate. Go you!

    Sxx
    http://www.daringcoco.com

    • Thank you ever so much Sonia! I’m really glad you enjoyed the review and thank you, we were rather amazed also considering the time frame however it went very well, and we enjoyed every moment 🙂

      So glad you enjoyed the feature!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Congrats on your marriage! Can’t believe you pulled it off in just three months! It looks like it was absolutely beautiful.

    XO Kylen | Kylen Every Wear

    • Thank you so much! I can’t quite believe it either, it was a challenge but it was so worthwhile 🙂 It was a beautiful day!

      Glad you enjoyed the post Kylen!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Paul Rogers

    Great write-up Laura, it was a real pleasure to be part of such a beautiful, well planned wedding!

    • Thanks so much Paul, it was such a pleasure to work with you too! Really enjoyed it and so glad that the three months of planning that everything went so smoothly.

      Thanks again for capturing our day so beautifully.

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Amy

    What an insanely stunning wedding!!! Hope it was the perfect day : ) every detail is so well thought out and gorgeous!!

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

    • Thank you so much Amy, It was wonderful to see creative ideas spring to life! It was great seeing my Pinterest board come to life in a totally unique way!

      Glad you enjoyed the post!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Holy cow! I was in awe seeing these beautiful wedding photos! You look perfect! Congrats doll! I’m really happy for you!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the wedding photographs Len, Paul captured our day in such a beautiful way and enjoyed every moment, the entire team were amazing and Jon and I had such a perfect day as a result 🙂

      Thank you for your kind compliments!

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net

  • These pictures are amazing x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

    • Thanks so much Jessica! I’m really ever so glad you enjoyed the post and the photographs 🙂 It was great working with such a talented photographer and team.

      Laura xo
      http://www.shehearts.net